San Francisco air crash

CNC report from Beijing
Added On July 9, 2013

Two teenagers from east China's Zhejiang Province have been confirmed dead in the Asiana flight crash in San Francisco.

On Monday, people in their hometown held a memorial service for the victims.

Sorrow has gripped Jiangshan City, hometown of the two Chinese girls who died on the other side of the Pacific.

Most attending the memorial service are students of the same age of Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia.

Candles were lit to form a heart, with the initials of the two girls' names above.

Following a local tradition, people also flew lanterns into skies to convey blessings to the deceased.

Both the two victims were students of Jiangshan Middle School.

They, along with 33 others, were heading for a summer camp in the U.S.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) CHAI FANLEI, Fellow student:
"I'm very sad on hearing the news. Wang linjia was such a nice girl. But she passed away all of a sudden and everyone is sad."

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) JIANG JIANMING, Teacher:
"I still couldn't believe it. How could the two girls leave us like this?"

China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday that 117 of a total of 141 Chinese onboard the plane are safe.

The conditions of the other Chinese passengers are yet to be confirmed.

The cause of the disaster is still under investigation.